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Lady Frankenstein


Published 1971
Topics Horror


From IMDb:
When Dr. Frankenstein is killed by a monster he created, his daughter and his lab assistant Marshall continue his experiments. The two fall in love and attempt to transplant Marshall's brain in to the muscular body of a retarded servant Stephen, in order to prolong the aging Marshall's life. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation to Dr. Frankenstein. Soon it comes after Marshall and the doctor's daughter.


Producer Umberto Borsato
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

Reviews

Reviewer: Victor Von Psychotron - - June 27, 2014
Subject: Interesting Euro-trash
As one reviewer already stated, this film had potential but didn't go for the brass ring. Lady Frankenstein loves the brain of one man and the body of another. So, she convinces her brainy love to kill the dim-witted but handsome stable boy so she can swap out his brain with the smart one. This is done so the new man can kill the escaped monster her father created. That's where it makes no sense.

We could've had an interesting film about physical vs. mental attraction and which would win out in the end, but instead it turns into a monster fight with an abrupt ending.

Mickey Hargitay has a nice role as the police captain, although he seems too "American" to be a police captain in a European village.
Reviewer: weatherreport07 - - February 4, 2014
Subject: A really cool 70s Euro-Horror film
I really enjoyed this film, I'm a big fan of European horror, so I may be a bit biased. The acting is pretty solid, it's hard to go wrong with Joseph Cotton (Citizen Kane), and Paul Muller. It reminds me a little of the Hammer films made around this time, and also of the Jess Franco films. If you enjoy 60s and 70s European horror films, then this is a must see. It has plenty of violence, nudity, and is just plain fun to watch.
Reviewer: rabid47 - - December 18, 2010
Subject: Too much yellow
Nice clear print, good audio, but the color balance is a bit askew.

Am I the only one that thinks the guy with the bottle (at the start) looks like Al Pacino?

Ends abruptly....no closing credits.

Worth a look, though, if not just for the jugs.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - - June 14, 2010
Subject: A must see
Hello Lady Monster
Reviewer: Desire70 - - May 22, 2010
Subject: LOL....
I love this movie! I watch it all the time. It's very funny,lol. That drunk dude,always makes me laugh. I recommand this movie to anyone. Not a bad movie, for the early 70's lol.
Reviewer: Luke Th. Bullock - - June 23, 2009
Subject: Could have been good.. if only..
This movie actually had a great potential. The opening scene with the grave robbers, the Baron and the arrival of the daughter (and the noticeable glance she gives the stableboy) seemed to pave way for an interesting plot. But of course.. it is a "fankenstein", and as such, a monster movie. It is a shame though, for I saw in this movie the moments of something that could actually have been a better movie, if only they had cut out some of the "eyecandy" such as the nudes and the more terrible monster moments with really bad effects.

Rosalba Neri is at her best in the beginning of the move, as she arrives and is with her father and his assistant. After that it all goes downhill. The pride, the strength, the intellectual beauty she seems to embody all comes to a crumbling halt as she turns out to be nothing more than a powerhungry and horny "bitch". Now /that/ was a real turnoff.

Well. This is a could-have-been movie, but it never really gets anywhere, and the plot is as simple as this: a spoiled woman gets her way with men, one way or another. Thats it. The rest is just backdrop.
Reviewer: flickfdude - - March 5, 2009
Subject: saw on web player
an r rated B film Horror Blast. It is fairly new so you might recognize some of the actors.
Reviewer: Freddie Jaye - - January 28, 2009
Subject: anybody have the complete version?
I enjoyed this take on the Frankenstein story, but was startled by the abrupt ending. Apparently, the actual ending and closing credits were lopped off, and some other footage might be missing as well.

It seems the original version runs 90 minutes or more. Also, a Swedish company supposedly cobbled together a complete version several years ago and was going to release it on DVD.

Can anyone shed any light on this?
Reviewer: human - - June 10, 2008
Subject: Horror, sex and murder, what more could one ask?
To say this bears any relationship whatsoever with Mary Shelley's classic novel requires an incredibly thin stretching of the imagination, but if you sit back and enjoy it for what it is--an early '70s low-budget softcore Italian horror flick--it's rather enjoyable.
Reviewer: J-P Kinnear's Mills - - January 25, 2008
Subject: Somehow a good exploitation movie!
It's very interesting to see how a movie that receive so many bad reviews is downloaded that much!

Yes, it is "bad" if you let yourself get stucked up with your first impression...
Take your time, there are clever stuff in this movie... It's weirdness factor when seen by our today's eyes make it quite satisfying for people in quest of such thrills. The different degree behind the motivation of the characters is good. At the End you ask yourself who's the true evil one. Don't close your mind because of cheesy skin, easy humor, so so acting. It is a highly enjoyable carricature of old horror movies...

The whole looks a lot like 70's adult sultry pulp fiction.

Withstanding all those bad reviews, I highly recommend this movie!!!
Reviewer: TheWolfGirl - - May 10, 2007
Subject: Hideous from start to finish
The problems with this film are glaringly evident from the very first frame. Most obvious is the color, various shades of yellow have been used in place of white. In a few scenes the effect is a poor simulation of the sepia-tones of an old photograph. For the rest of the film, the bright yellow skin tones are simply nauseating.

The film was written an directed by Mel Wells, an actor who many will remember for his brilliant performance as the flower shop owner, Gravis Mushnik, in the camp classic, “Little Shop of Horrors” (1960). Unfortunately, Wells was both writer and directory of this stinker and most of its faults are likely his.

“Little Shop or Horrors” was a rare thing, a film that set out to be camp and pulled it off with great success. It would seem that Wells was trying for something similar with “Lady Frankenstein” (“La Figlia di Frankenstein”), but he failed miserably both as writer and director. Throughout the film I consistently found myself wondering why he had included some shots and excluded others. The editing was equally inexplicable. He seems constantly reaching out to make some momentous artistic statement, but it never comes. It is as if he understands the language of composition and montage used by others, but cannot use it to express himself. In the end I am left to conclude that perhaps he had nothing to say.

It is possible that not all the fault lies with Wells. This was apparently an Italian production and it reflects the curious Italian production and acting values of the 1960's and early ‘70's. Some of the script and acting issues are likely due to the film being dubbed from Italian to English. Other issues may well have been dictated by the studio and been beyond Wells’ control.
Reviewer: terracesider - - January 30, 2007
Subject: Enjoyable rehash
Roslaba Neri, of whom I know nothing, is excellent as the eponymous female lead and the monster is well done. The rest of the cast, however, is no more than adequate.

All in all, a well told and enjoyable rehash of the Frankenstein story.
Reviewer: algonut - - January 13, 2007
Subject: Lady Frankestein
I downloaded the MPEG-1 and converted to MPEG-2 with MAGIX program. The result is very good, and the downloading time very short.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - December 19, 2006
Subject: Uhh
Joseph Cotten as Dr. Frankenstein creates a rampaging killing machine. His daughter gives new meaning to wanting a man for his mind and outdoes her dad. Enraged villagers do their thing. I've seen worse, much worse Frankenstein movies. This should be OK for teenagers to watch, but their is female nudity and the potentially shocking murder of a mother and father in front of their very young son.

I downloaded the mpeg1 file. Color is so-so though the print is otherwise good. Audio is fine.
Reviewer: Arensky - - December 15, 2006
Subject: Ugggggh
This is absolutely the bottom of the barrel. There's no thrills, no suspense, no shivers, and not much of a plot. Joseph Cotten must have really needed the money to sign up for this pitiful film. Oh, there's some skin, but not enough to justify a download. Besides, you can see that in the thumbnails. This movie gives the word "pathetic" a whole new meaning.
Reviewer: jimelena - - December 13, 2006
Subject: Worst
You may remember this movie from the suckiest movie of the year awards 1971.
I don't know why they bothered.
Maybe Joseph Cotten needed some fast cash.
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